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EL PAcCTO – Programa de Asistencia Contra el Crimen Transnacional Organizado en América Latina
Strengthening the institutions responsible for ensuring the safety of citizens in 18 Latin American countries



EL PAcCTO mainly aims to fight against organised crime by strengthening the institutions responsible for ensuring the safety of citizens in 18 Latin American countries.
  • € 19m
  • 15/04/2017
  • 5 years

Combating organised crime in all its forms

Launched in April 2017, EL PAcCTO aims to strengthen police, judicial and penitentiary cooperation at regional level, in order to strengthen the fight against organised crime in Latin America. This programme covers all 18 Latin American countries eligible under the Development Cooperation Instrument (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela). It is the first EU cooperation programme in Latin America that covers the whole penal chain: police, justice and the penitentiary system.

Presented in December 2017, the EL PAcCTO annual Action Plan will set out the activities planned in 2018 in the context of this programme This Action Plan has been established on the basis of exchanges with beneficiary countries during the second half of 2017, and requests for support made by the Latin American countries involved.

An official launch event for the programme is scheduled in 2018, in the presence of most of the partner institutions and countries.

The programme is financed by the European Commission and implemented by Expertise France and FIIAPP, with support from the Istituto Italo-Latino Americano (IILA) and Portuguese Instituto Camões.



Our news on EL PAcCTO

• July 2021: Fight against organised crime in Latin America: 77% of Focal Points think that their country is better prepared thanks to EL PAcCTO

June 2021: Environmental crime: EL PAcCTO is carrying on the fight in Latin America

October 2020: Legal cooperation between Europe and Latin America: "It is necessary to improve our collaboration"

July 2020: Alternatives to imprisonment: a necessity now and in the future

• May 2020: Interinstitutional coordination, key to combating organised crime

• April 2020: EL PAcCTO launches the Covid Channel for information exchanges between Europe and Latin America

March 2020: EL PAcCTO committed to tackling environmental crime

• October 2019: Alternative measures to detention, a tool to combat organised crime

• June 2019: Environmental crimes: A fundamental issue in the fight against organised crime and the protection of biodiversity

• May 2019: Xavier Cousquer, co-director of EL PAcCTO: “We build too many walls and not enough bridges”

• October 2017: EL PAcCTO: 12 Latin American countries gather for a workshop to fight against cybercrime


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